If youre looking for great mocktails, just head over Yonder literally. This rooftop bar opened at the end of June above Commonwealth Bistro in MainStrasse.
Conceived by Commonwealth owners Chris and Tess Burns as a way to utilize the patio above the main restaurant, the new bar features the same attention to detail that has made the bistro popular.
For Tess, who doesnt drink, an essential part of creating a relaxing and welcoming space was offering a well-crafted selection of mocktails. So she asked Bryan Harris, Yonders beverage director, to create a mocktail list that was just as exciting and delicious as the cocktail menu, and he delivered. But, if you do drink, Yonders alcohol is also noteworthy.
The culinary menu rotates on a weekly basis. Like Commonwealth, Yonders chefs and bartenders use direct-from-the-farm ingredients, but the bars more flexible approach lets them use unique items that come in small quantities, which are perfect for an appetizer that only sticks around for a week but couldnt be worked into the main restaurants menu. Past dishes have ranged from Oysters Rockabilly to wagyu beef jerky made in house.
The menu matches the spirit of outdoorsy adventure that permeates Yonder. Tess and Chris were inspired by the natural beauty of Kentucky State Parks like Red River Gorge (though, Tess diplomatically adds, Ohio state parks are also great). They partnered with local designer Corey Rineair, who also curated Commonwealths interior, to create a wood-encased space reminiscent of a treehouse. Its complemented by Midcentury Modern touches that evoke the decades-old aesthetic still found in many state parks today.
Yonder can seat about 30 and, true to its weekend-getaway theme, is open Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Yonder by Commonwealth, 621 Main St., Covington, commonwealthbistro.com/yonder
Photos by Hailey Bollinger